Published Jun 18, 2020Using artificial intelligence, a YouTuber has assembled a series of new — but very much fake — songs from classic rock bands.
Through compiling lyrics on Genius, the user — who goes by Funk Turkey — has been assembling tracks "by" rock giants like Nirvana, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nickelback and AC/DC, on a quest to "find out what bands might sound like if they sang in word salad, unpredictable nonsense."
Funk Turkey explains the process further in their latest video, which assembles a "new" Nirvana song called "Smother":
Using lyrics.rip to scrape the Genius Lyrics Database, I made a Markov Chain write Nirvana lyrics. This is the end result — "Smother." All music/vocals performed, mixed, and mastered by me, in my kitchen, on a sparkly red cheap Stratocaster, a crappy mic, and an old copy of ProTools. All lyrics provided by Hal 9000 (AKA lyrics.rip). Guitars are the aforementioned Stratocaster bounced hard left and right. Flanged Stratocaster through a Fender twin is dead center in the mix. Bass is a no-name bass run through amp emulation. Percussion is Superior Drummer 2. I know Dave Grohl hates computer drums but it's the best thing I got, soooo.... Sorry Dave. I still love you.
Listen to "Smother" below, where you'll also find AI-generated tracks by fake bands affectionately named MetallicAI, Red Bot Chili Peppers and NickelBot.